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Tue May 7, 2013, 06:21 PM

NY Group Buys Tesla Property, Plans Science Center

Source: Associated Press

NY GROUP BUYS TESLA PROPERTY, PLANS SCIENCE CENTER

By FRANK ELTMAN
May. 7 5:33 PM EDT

MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) A New York community group that raised $1.3 million in a six-week online fundraising effort has purchased a laboratory once used by visionary scientist Nikola Tesla.

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Tesla was a rival of Thomas Edison who imagined a world of free electricity. He conducted experiments in the early 20th century at his laboratory in Shoreham, about 65 miles east of New York City.

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Their effort got a jolt of support last summer from Seattle cartoonist Matthew Inman, a Tesla fan who started promoting the fundraising effort on his website, theoatmeal.com.

Within six weeks, more than $1.3 million had been raised from 33,000 donors in the U.S. and 108 countries.

Tesla abandoned the lab in 1917. For many years it was a photo chemical processing plant; in 1993, officials determined that the property's groundwater had been polluted with cadmium and silver. A remediation effort overseen by state environmental regulators was completed last year.

Read more: http://bigstory.ap.org/article/ny-group-buys-tesla-property-plans-science-center

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Hissyspit May 2013 OP
Berlum May 2013 #1
SunSeeker May 2013 #2
Posteritatis May 2013 #3
Bigredhunk May 2013 #4
Jim Lane May 2013 #7
RevStPatrick May 2013 #5
maindawg May 2013 #6
AnnieBW May 2013 #8

Response to Hissyspit (Original post)

Tue May 7, 2013, 06:33 PM

1. Electrifying!

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Response to Hissyspit (Original post)

Tue May 7, 2013, 06:35 PM

2. "Tesla ... imagined a world of free electricity."

Sounds like his lack of greed doomed him in this country.

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Response to Hissyspit (Original post)

Tue May 7, 2013, 06:37 PM

3. I'm utterly tickled by the whole story of how they got the money. (nt)

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Response to Hissyspit (Original post)

Tue May 7, 2013, 06:41 PM

4. I Thought Tesla Was An Electric Car Co

?

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Response to Bigredhunk (Reply #4)

Wed May 8, 2013, 04:14 AM

7. Yes, it's named for the scientist.

From the Wikipedia article about the company:

Tesla Motors is named after electrical engineer and physicist Nikola Tesla. The Tesla Roadster uses an AC motor descended directly from Tesla's original 1882 design.

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Response to Hissyspit (Original post)

Tue May 7, 2013, 07:01 PM

5. Hoooraaay Oatmeal!

 

My wife kicked in a few bucks for that...

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Response to Hissyspit (Original post)

Tue May 7, 2013, 08:23 PM

6. what does 'remediation' mean?

Tesla was a band who covered the 5 man electric bands hit song, 'signs'
They had very big hair.

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Response to Hissyspit (Original post)

Wed May 8, 2013, 10:45 PM

8. I am so there!

When it opens up.

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